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Pushing to stay on track today...

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Feeling blah today--and just been feeling worn lately. The three kiddos have been bickering, and everything around the house is waiting for me to get it done, or for me to start nagging-- which is something I really try not to do. I love my family, but I really need a weekend away. I'm fighting hard not to eat this stress away, and learn that these situations are separate from the goals I want to achieve for my healthy self.

Feel a bit better just from venting this out.

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IGNITEME101 11/8/2013 1:52AM

    It's good to write!
It's great to know our weaknesses, like you spoke of regarding nagging.
When we know what we are doing, and don't like it, we can change!


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CRICKET217 1/31/2013 3:18PM

    That is a wonderful idea-- I'm gonna try that out tomorrow! Will let you know how it went! Thanks emoticon

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GLMOM2 1/31/2013 2:31PM

    We are battling cabin fever here. The kids can't go out because its either too wet & thunderstorms (yes, in January - crazy weather) or its been too stinking cold. So today for #2 snow day of the WEEK emoticon I made up a "fitness trail" - home style. We have a similar one at school for kids to do when they need that extra break & I thought why not do one at home.

I had 3 different trails at various times of the day. I burned up some calories, got my bonus burn in for the day & the kids did it with me. emoticon Get this, they both liked it and for each 20 minute session I heard no bickering! emoticon

Now they are back playing again! emoticon

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Good Night...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Going to bed now... and waking up tomorrow to start my journey to better health. I know, most have started or restarted back on Jan 1st, but I got a late start-- not completely by choice. I tweeked my back and neck, and this has kept me on the bench until now. I still have some discomfort, but I'm in better spirits to start getting this DONE!!!


Emotional Eating

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Emotional eating is how got myself to an unhealthy weight. I began eating to feel happy and loved from the time I was a teen. Now I am a wife to a wonderful husband who loves me, and the mother to 3 awesome children-- life is good, but when the little stresses come along I still revert to eating my "problems" away-- it's a learned habit now. It is time to try and reverse this and learn new healthier behaviors to handle what comes my way. I know this is going to take some time and discipline but in the end if I can switch my thoughts in a different direction, hopefully I can break free from this cycle of turning to food for every occasion, be it an emotionally up or down situation. My strategy will be to come up with a catch phrase that will make me stop and think before I reach for food. I will also make a list of alternatives to food, like a foot rub with my new peppermint foot lotion or a phone call or text to a friend. I will post this mantra and list of alternatives in my trigger places-- the kitchen and at my work desk. Food is good but it is for fuel and I need to treat it this way.

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SRODMAN 11/8/2013 12:21PM

    I understand about emotional eating. Mine started young also and continued into adulthood. One of the things that really helped me stop this habit is prayer and a real belief that God CAN help me and He has! The one thing that I would do is substitute fruit for chocolate when that craving came around. It worked!! I no longer crave chocolate and haven't for about 4 years! I can tell you have thought about what to do to help yourself which is half the battle won already! I think your idea about substituting something that's not food in place of food is a great idea!! I really like your attitude too! I have found the more positive I am (God HAS to help me on this one too) the more I enjoy working out and eating healthy and it keeps me moving forward, even when I slip up. If you need to talk and want to, I'm here for you and never forget so is God! Sheila emoticon emoticon

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CRICKET217 10/11/2012 2:00PM

I enjoyed reading you replay back, and thanks for the congrats. I still have a ways to go on this weigh loss journey, but it's amazing how a 36 lb loss can make one feel so much better! You too can do this and it looks like you're already figuring out what works for you- that's awesome and all a part of this life long path to health. I wish you the best of luck and will try some of your strategies. The herbal tea or warm skim milk sound good especially now that the evenings are cooler. These would calming and way better than mindlessly eating.


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ANDREAG89 10/11/2012 1:31PM

    First, congrats on the 36-lb loss according to your ticker. Amazing!!! I can hardly wait to report the same thing!

Secondly, I commend you for admitting to emotional eating. I, too, eat my emotions (but do it so much less now, thanks to Spark), and it's a hard habit to break. Sad? Eat. Happy? Eat. Lonely? Eat. Worried? Eat. And the list goes on.

I'm finding that hot herbal tea helps soothe me, and sometimes I also work into my calories some room for a cup of skim milk with some unsweetened cocoa powder and some truvia for some hot chocolate. Granted, if you're trying to get away from food, then these won't be your answer.

I liked this one though - "I grab my fat" from a secrets of success (under the 'community' menu to the weight loss category to 'popular all time')
ss_2 as a trick to remind yourself not to eat. Maybe you'll find some others in here as a way to get good ideas.

To prevent my snacking in the evenings I've found other projects to do. Organize the coat closet, clean a drawer in whatever room in the house is begging for it (all of them are), organize my closet into the various sizes, you get the idea.

You are right. Food is good for fuel, and that's its main purpose. WE WILL CONQUER!

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Time for a new change!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Have you ever been out driving, or doing whatever, and suddenly some thought/realization just hits you like brick to the head? Well, that’s a bit of what happened to me this morning. I was driving into work this morning and kind of had an Ah Ha moment.

Growing up I was abused--- mentally, physically, emotionally and had been molested. I did find love from my grandmother and most siblings, but the abuse is what seemed to shape me as I grew up. I felt unloved, dirty, and dumb all because of what two people in my life said and did to me. I have been out of that household for almost two decades but still those thoughts and feeling are ingrained in my head.

That was my realization this morning… I am still treating myself the way I was treated growing up, maybe not to the same extreme, but still. I abuse myself by eating too much and not taking care of myself, I mentally always think of myself as not good enough—stupid are my exact thoughts, and have a hard time allowing myself to be loved by others. I’ve always subconsciously distanced myself from the ones I know that love me.

But, clearly now I am broken away from my parents, and it is up to me to not dwell on the past and let it consume my life from one that could be full of happiness and health. I am the only one now that can set myself free from the past! Let the new journey begin!

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NEDUNCAN 8/3/2011 10:37PM

    I too am motivated to make sure not to be a victim of my childhood. It is amazing when you feel like you are finally "in control" of it! I also am so glad that you had your "ah ha" moment, I hope that it brings you a beautiful beginning to the next part of your journey!

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GLMOM2 7/31/2011 8:12AM

    I am not even sure how to respond to that. emoticon

Sorry that you had to experience life that way as a child. I can't imagine what you went through or how you feel now as an adult.

But, from your SparkPage I can tell you have a beautiful family & a loving hubby. They love you for you & it is time my SparkFriend that you start doing the same. emoticon

You have a life to live & although it is hard to forget, your past is your past. You deserve to have a happy, healthy life and future ~ not just for yourself, but for your beautiful family too.

emoticon Good luck to you as you continue on your journey to a healthier you. I can't wait to see all the progress you'll make!!

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HSMOM2FOUR 7/27/2011 7:04PM


So sorry that you grew up with all of that.
As a friend of mine said 'Those were things that were decided for you THEN - and you are not responsible for those. HOWEVER, now you are an adult, and you can make different choices now - choices that you ARE responsible for!'

I pray that God would set your mind free from the things that happened in the past and would guide you in the way that you should go!

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Choosing to live!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I'm not sure who this quote came from, but I liked it and wanted to share. LIVE!

"I wake up every day with the realization that this is it, that there's only one shot at this life and I can either enjoy the ride and live it to its fullest and to my highest potential or I can stay the way I am. "

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JODIEBLUEEYES 1/19/2011 2:49PM

    Nice quote. And so very true. We have to decide every second of the day what we want to do with our lives. I choose to become fit and healthy and be the best me I can! We can all succeed and reach our goals! This is our year!

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    What a great positive post. Thanks!

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